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Wood Turning Demonstration with Mike Fraser

May 22, 2021 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


Special thanks to Jack Schutte and Clarke County Properties for sponsoring this event!

Craftsman have been forming useful items by holding a sharp cutter against spinning wood for over 3,000 years. The Egyptians developed the strap lathe where one person turned the work by pulling on a rope or strap wrapped around the work while another guided the cutting tool. This process is shown in tomb carvings.

Later iterations used a bow or spring pole to assist the one turning the work. This was followed by a treadle lathe where a flywheel turned by a pedal crank provided continuous motion. Leonardo di Vinci described such a design about 1480 AD. Further development led to rotation provided by water power, steam engines & gasoline motors. Modern lathes use electric motors to provide the power for spinning the work.

The purpose of this demonstration is to present various types of woodturning and hopefully remove some of the mystery from the process. We will demonstrate spindle turning, faceplate turning, and variations. We will discuss various mounting methods for the work and will explain how and why various tools are used to form common shapes and objects.

This demonstration will be held outdoors on the Barns of Rose Hill patio.

Times: Demonstration starts at 12 PM

Ticket Prices & Info: Admission is free, but please reserve your spot. Tickets can be reserved online or by calling the Barns of Rose Hill Box Office at (540) 955-2004 (Noon to 3:00 – Tuesday through Saturday). If you call when our Box Office is closed, please leave a message and we’ll return your call within 24 business hours.


Are there any COVID restrictions?

Yes, we are following the CDC and Virginia state recommendations for public events. The number of tickets sold will be limited to allow for social distancing. Masks will be required.

Where are you located?

We are located in downtown Berryville, Virginia between the Rose Hill Park and the Berryville-Clarke County Government Center / Clarke County Library. View Map & Directions »

Where do I park & is it free?

Free parking is available next door at the Berryville-Clarke County Government Center / Clarke County Library / Barns of Rose Hill parking lot. View Map & Directions For Details »

Do I need to print out a copy of my tickets?

Help us save trees! If you purchase your tickets via Eventbrite, then there’s no need to print out paper tickets when you attend the event. Just bring a valid ID and we’ll check you in at the door via our Eventbrite attendee list.


May 22, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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Barns of Rose Hill
95 Chalmers Ct
Berryville, VA 22611 United States
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